A harsh, sad reality awaits unwanted dogs and cats. Prevention will now be part of pound’s cure.
An agreement circulating among Roanoke Valley officials will allow them to hire an executive director for the pound, the first, much-needed step toward paring the number of unwanted dogs and cats killed for lack of good homes.
Last year, 2,422 dogs and 3,465 cats were either dumped at the Baldwin Avenue pound or collected by animal control officers in Roanoke, Roanoke County, Botetourt County and Vinton. A little more than half of them found new adoptive homes once they were transferred to the Roanoke Valley SPCA’s adjoining no-kill shelter. The others were not so lucky.